Euro Pane 2.0, beery Spring St., Wolfgang Puck's 'dan dan' dumplings at the Ritz
The new Euro Pane: It's been 16 years since Sumi Chang opened her bakery, Euro Pane, on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, where a devout clientele file in for croissants, almond toast, danishes, cinnamon rolls and cult favorites such as her egg salad sandwich. Now Chang (a Campanile/La Brea Bakery alum) is opening her second location, also in Pasadena -- and also on Colorado (just farther west). The airy space with sleek glass bakery cases and inviting communal table officially is scheduled to open at the end of the month, but, according to Squid Ink, doors are open while Chang takes her new menu for a test spin. 300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 844-8804.
Springing up on Spring: Spring St. beer and wine bar, from the owners of downtown's Library Bar, has opened in the former 626 Reserve space -- on Spring Street. From its 26 taps (pictured above) flow beers such as Arrogant Bastard, Racer 5 IPA, 1903 Lager, Poppy Fields Pale Ale and Fat Tire. Sandwiches (roast beef, smoked salmon, turkey, etc.), cheeses and charcuterie are available starting next week. It was good to see a local propped at the bar with a beer and a book, but was that Limp Bizkit playing over the satellite radio station? 626 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, (213) 555-1212.
Dining downtown, 24 floors up: Wolfgang Puck's WP24 on the 24th floor of the 54-story Ritz-Carlton downtown is now open. The menus for the lounge and main dining room, described as "modern Asian," were developed by Puck and Lee Hefter, executive corporate chef of Puck's restaurant group. Think Chinois on Main goes downtown. The lounge menu includes dishes such as prawn toast with sweet and spicy garlic chile sauce; chicken “dan dan” dumplings; and sushi. In the main dining room there's crispy suckling pig with black plum puree and wild flower-licorice honey; hot pot with Kobe beef cheek and veal tongue; and whole loup de mer served tableside. Spago veteran David McIntyre is chef de cuisine. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 743-8824.
-- Betty Hallock
Photo: Spring St.'s beer taps; Credit: Betty Hallock